The Shell Shield / Red Stripe Cup / Busta Cup
A brief history
Winners | 2003-04 review
The first cricket match between colonies was played in 1865, but the game had been played in the Caribbean for almost half a century by then.
By 1900, a triangular series was being held between Demerara, Barbados, and Trinidad, but transport between the islands remained the major
obstacle to expansion and it wasn't until after the Second World War when air transport became readily available that Jamaica began to play regualr games
against other islands. In 1965-66 a domestic competition, The Shell Shield, named after Shell Oil, was launched with five teams - Barbados,
British Guiana, Combined Islands, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica particpating. In 1981-82 Combined Islands were replaced by Leeward Islands and Winward Islands.
1967-68 No competition
1980-81 Combined Islands
1984-85 Trinidad & Tobago
Red Stripe Cup
1989-90 Leeward Islands
1993-94 Leeward Islands
1995-96 Leeward Islands
1997-98 Leeward Islands/Guyana
Carib Beer Cup
Barbados have won the title outright 18 times, Jamaica 6, Guyana 5, Leeward Islands and
Trinidad/Trinidad & Tobago 3, Combined Islands 1. Barbados, Guyana, Leeward Islands and
Trinidad have also shared the title.